On October 8, the winners of this year's edition of the SARP competition for the best architectural diploma in Poland were announced during the results and awards ceremony at the SARP Exhibition Pavilion at 2 Foksal Street in Warsaw.
This year's winners
The winner of the 57th edition of the competition and winner of the SARP Annual Zbyszek Zawistowski Award "Diploma of the Year" was arch. Lukasz Modrzejewski, author of the work "The temporal museum in Wroclaw". The project, developed at the Faculty of Architecture of the Wrocław University of Technology under the supervision of supervisor Dr. Eng. arch. Roman Rutkowski, was recognized as the best among the 25 diploma works qualified for the final stage of the competition. The award was given to a work that eloquently shows the main problem of the modern world, which is destruction. According to the Competition Jury, the balanced and timeless architecture skillfully surrounds the form of a kind of anti-museum. By incorporating the building into the hill of an old landfill overgrown with greenery and elevating ordinary objects to the rank of exhibits - it encourages thought and reflection. The quality of the created space, both outside and inside the building, creates the possibility of experiencing a variety of moods and sensations. The attention to modest but highly refined detail shows the author's high technique.
The winner will receive a cash prize of PLN 10,000.
"The temporal museum in Wroclaw," arch. Lukasz Modrzejewski
The jury also decided to award two equal first-degree honorable mentions and three equal second-degree honorable mentions.
First-degree distinctions were awarded to (and a cash prize of PLN 2,500):
- arch. Szymon Ciupinski author of the thesis "Lazzaretto Vecchio - Cinema Island on the Venetian Lagoon" prepared at the Faculty of Architecture of the Wrocław University of Technology under the supervision of supervisor Dr. Eng. arch. Marek Lamber. The award was given for the sensitivity with which the new architectural tissue was introduced into the delicate matter of the Venetian island. The author's mature technique, based on a thorough study of the historical layers of its space, made it possible to create places suitable for contemporary needs, while preserving the genius loci of the place. Contemporary forms engage in a dialogue with the past, with their own voice deepening the discussion about the future of the historic city. Venice, as unreal as a film image, turns out to be possible to build from matter that takes on the function of a cinema center.
photo: Michal Wajnchold
- arch. Marceli Sobanski author of the thesis "od_nowa - a project for the reconstruction of Wigancice Żytawskie" prepared at the Faculty of Architecture of the Poznan University of Technology under the supervision of supervisor Dr. hab. inż. arch. Katarzyna Słuchocka. The award was given for a proposed response to the problem of neglected rural areas, urban chaos and flamboyant individualism of modern architecture built without respect for the social needs of residents. The work is an in-depth analysis of the problem, a search for the authenticity of the place creating a background for the local community, which after years returns to the once abandoned areas. The proposed development organizes the space of the village giving it a new quality, referring to the historic spatial layout and the rich historical context.
Photo: Michal Wajnchold
Second degree honorable mentions were awarded (and a cash prize of PLN 1,500) to:
- arch. Cezary Kępka author of the work "The potential of floating architecture in the development of waterfronts in large cities. Design of a recreational swimming pool with a passenger marina on the Vistula River in Warsaw." prepared at the Faculty of Architecture of the Warsaw University of Technology under the supervision of supervisor Dr. Eng. arch. Lukasz Piątek. The award was given for paying attention to the aspect of coexistence of the city and the river. The work aptly identifies the possibilities of using Czerniakowski promontory and its space for the operation of facilities such as a restaurant, hotel or swimming pool, restoring the river to the city. The author has also taken into account the carbon footprint associated with the construction and operation of the facility. The architectural form consciously references pre-war water-related building solutions. The work passionately depicts a personal and sincere attitude to the subject taken up.
Photo: Michal Wajnchold
- arch. Dobrochna Lata author of the work "New Geography: Anthropocenter. Museum of Unnatural History in Katowice" prepared at the Faculty of Architecture of the Wrocław University of Technology under the supervision of supervisor Dr. Eng. arch. Ada Kwiatkowska. The award was given for consciously and sensitively emphasizing the importance of nature in human life. The project powerfully makes us realize that we cannot treat nature as a separate entity. Man has radically changed the earth and is suffering the consequences. We are at a moment when the direction of unnatural history must be changed. The proposed architecture takes us on an educational journey that makes us realize that nature is being destroyed, and we can no longer distance ourselves from it.
- arch. Alicja Maculewicz, author of the thesis "Design of an Engaging Tourism Route along the Mazurian Canal," prepared at the Faculty of Architecture and Design of the University of Arts in Poznan under the supervision of the supervisor of Dr. hab. arch. Elżbieta Raszeji, prof. of UAP. The award was given for a mature attempt, based on a thorough analysis of the place, to respond to the problem of land development along the Mazurian Canal. Using subtle in form solutions, the site was given the necessary narrative, with minimal interference in the original matter, leaving room in the story for its authentic continuation - accepting the process of natural passing as one of the possible scenarios. The proposal does not dominate the environment with its presence, it thoughtfully emphasizes it and frames its most significant elements.
Photo: Michal Wajnchold
The SARP Diploma of the Year competition is one of the most prestigious in the architectural industry, not only because of its long history, but also, because of the involvement of the most respected names in the industry. Many renowned architects, achieved their first successes precisely within the competition. Invariably, the Association of Polish Architects decided to invite the most well-known and respected representatives of the architectural community to join the jury. The Competition Jury of the 57th edition of the SARP Annual Zbyszek Zawistowski "Diploma of the Year" Award Competition consisted of:
- arch. Bohdan Biś Lisowski, President of SARP - Chairman of the Jury
- arch. Marcin Brataniec, eM4. Architecture Studio
- arch. Wojciech Gajewski, POLE Architects
- arch. Agnieszka Kalinowska-Sołtys, SARP vice president for environment and climate protection, APA Wojciechowski
- arch. Marta Nowosielska, XY Studio
- Przemysław Powalacz, CEO of Geberit Polska
- Paweł Wierzbicki, chairman of the board of Schindler Polska
- arch. Marlena Wolnik, MWArchitekci
and also, for the first time, a person awarded in last year's edition of the Diploma of the Year competition was invited to join the jury:
- arch. Anna Jaruga-Rozdolska
Organizational secretaries of the competition:
- Marek Szeniawski, Secretary General of SARP
- Magdalena Turowska-Kowalczyk, Assistant Secretary of the Competition
This year's jury deliberations were also honored with their presence in the earlier stages by arch . Oleg Haman, President of the Association of Czech Architects.
Organizer of the competition: Association of Polish Architects
Honorary Patronage: the Ambassador of Switzerland in Poland
Competition partners: Geberit Polska, Schindler Polska
More information: here